Our Staff

The Rev Jay C Mitchell, Pastor

Ms Denise Hyson, Parish Administrator

Ms Denise Hyson, Parish Administrator

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Pastor Jay (he/him/his) is from a little bit of everywhere in the Northeast. A  2009 graduate from Temple University (B.A., Religion) and a 2014  graduate of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (M.Div.),   has called the Philadelphia area home for the past 15 years. A  life-long lover of cities, Pastor Jay concentrated his studies in  Metropolitan/Urban Ministries. Pastor Jay is excited to be a part of the  vibrant community in Chestnut Hill. A "liturgi-geek" Jay's passions are  connecting worship and life being sure that the gatherings of God's  people inform and are informed by daily life. Pastor Jay is passionate  about extending the amazing news of God at work in the world with all  people and extending the radical welcome of God.


Pastor Jay lives in Mt Airy and loves to read, garden, cook and bake, and take advantage  of the many museums, theaters, and restaurants that the wonderful city  of Philadelphia has to offer.

Ms Denise Hyson, Parish Administrator

Ms Denise Hyson, Parish Administrator

Ms Denise Hyson, Parish Administrator

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Ms. Hyson (she/her/hers) is a native of Salamanca, New York, and a graduate of Genesee  Community College. Prior to working at Christ Ascension, Ms. Hyson  worked in the medical billing field. She enjoys reading, sewing, music  and dining out with family and friends. Ms. Hyson lives in Conshohocken  with her family.  

Ms BethAnn Leaming, CLCCC Director

Ms Denise Hyson, Parish Administrator

Ms BethAnn Leaming, CLCCC Director

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Ms. Leaming, Ms. BA, (she/her/hers) is  

originally  from Ohio , but has lived in the Philadelphia area nearly 25 years.  With well over a decade of experience as a school director, and degrees  in Psychology & Sociology (Ohio 1992), Education (Drexel 2012) and  Law (Ohio Northern 1995), BA is well versed in the skills needed to make  our Child Care Center the best that it can possibly be for the children  and families that are part of it.  


Ms.  BethAnn is always surrounded by children, either at the center, or at  home with four of her own.  They are an active family that enjoys  travelling as far and frequently as possible.